Monday, 17 August 2015

Redlands Parking: Public Consultation Announced

New Ideas For Residents Parking In Redlands
Earlier in the summer we promised to work up some new ideas to deal with the ever growing pressures on residents' car parking in Redlands.

So, we can now publish details of those ideas, together with the date of a Public Consultation event.


SUMMARY OF THE SUGGESTIONS

  1. A Resident Permit (RP) parking is proposed between 8am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, to protect parking for residents in residential streets where the majority of households do not have off-street parking.
  2. Pay & Display (P&D) limited hours parking is proposed between 8am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, in the areas of highest demand near the Royal Berks Hospital and the University of Reading.
  3. Shared use P&D / RP parking where the majority of households do have off-street parking allowing residents’ permit holders to park all day.
  4. P&D parking charges are proposed to be in line with current charges for the RBH multi-storey car park.
  5. No changes are proposed to the current arrangements on roads with existing RP schemes.
  6. It is proposed to incorporate all roads with RP schemes between Redlands Road and Eastern Avenue (but not including Eastern Avenue) into a wider 15R zone.
  7. Limited free waiting parking provision on Erleigh Road (between Alexander Road and Eastern Ave) to enable parking for the local shops.
  8. The provision of on-street parking in the scheme area has been maximised in accordance with highway rules and the requirements of the emergency services.

 Exhibition and Informal Consultation

Monday 28 September 2015   5:00pm to 7:00pm

St Lukes Church Hall, Erleigh Road
Traffic officers, Fire Brigade and your local
Labour Councillors will be there to hear your views.

 Parking Schemes for Residents Explained In A Nutshell

  • Each household is allowed a maximum of 2 permits.
  • Permits will only be issued to cars registered at an owner’s address within Redlands parking scheme area.
  • The 1st parking permit is FREE, the 2nd costs £120 a year.
  • Each household is entitled to 2 books of 20 half-day visitor tickets FREE each year and more books can be purchased at £22 a book.
  • More details of how the scheme works can be found at:http://beta.reading.gov.uk/parkingpermits

Please let us know what you think

Contact Tony:   tony.jones@reading.gov.uk   0771 414 9927 @TonyJonesLab
Contact David:  david.absolom@reading.gov.uk   0777 181 9788 @davidabsolom
Contact Jan:     jan.gavin@reading.gov.uk   0782 886 7950 @cllrJanGavin
Post to: Redlands Labour Party, 34, Morgan Road, Reading RG1 5HG

Tories Break Care Cap Manifesto Pledge

Guest post by Cllr Rachel Eden, RBC Lead Member for Adult Social Care

Only 100 days in but the Conservatives' broken promise on the care cap will hurt people till 2020


With the Labour leadership ballots going out now it’s worth reminding ourselves of the real thing we are fighting.  Only just having had 100 days this Conservative government seems determined to break its pledges in areas from housing to health. 

Focusing on just one delaying the cap in care costs until 2020 is particularly unfair. 

Some people don’t realise adult social care is means tested until they or their loved ones need it for themselves.  How much care you will need is more or less down to luck – bluntly how much of your life you become ill and frail for. 

We all know or have heard of 90 year olds who live completely independently and live fit and relatively healthy lives yet other people may start to suffer from age related illnesses at a much younger age – and no one really knows what will happen to them. 

Because of this it feels very unfair that some people have to spend many tens of thousands of pounds on their care into old age, and it is a real worry for many people I talk to.  This isn’t just about people who are frail now (although it’s estimated that about 23,000 people would have benefited in 2016-17 alone): several older people I know who are fit and well have expressed their concern about the costs if they were to become ill and it is a quiet fear for many families as their loved ones become older. 

The care cap is a widely supported move to reduce that worry so that the cost of this care is limited.  The Conservatives have now decided to not only delay this from next April to 2020 but have also postponed an increase in the savings which people have to have before they start to contribute to their residential care to 2020.

Local authorities like Reading had already done a huge amount of work to plan how to implement this.  Many councillors had concerns about the impact this would have on councils’ finances and ability to implement what was going to be a complicated system I think it’s fair to say this concern was more about the chronic lack of planning about the system as a whole by this government.  Overall councillors, like most people I know, were positive about the benefits it would bring to residents.

As a country we need to start thinking far more seriously about how we help more and more people to continue to live fulfilling lives as they age.  Part of that should be to ensure that there is some certainty about how people will be able to afford the care they need if they need support. 
Instead this government has already started to break it’s promises to older people – both the frail elderly and older people looking ahead to their future needs.  It is fundamentally letting people down by prevaricating and delaying implementation of a fundamental reform.

The Conservative party was the major choice of pensioners at the election and yet they are breaking promises to the very people who enabled them to form a government.

In just 100 days it has become apparent that the Conservatives alone in government over the next 5 years will be even more damaging than the last 5 years.

Over the coming weeks Labour needs to put itself in the best possible position to win the next general election. 

In the meantime many older people and their families will continue to worry about the costs they may incur through no fault of their own.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Reading A Level Students Celebrate Exam Success

A LEVEL students in the borough are celebrating exam success with 85 per cent achieving A*-C grades, early indicators show.

Provisional figures show 70 per cent achieved A*-B grades and 98 per cent A*-E grades, broadly in line with the success in 2014.

Figures from Blessed Hugh Faringdon secondary school, which is maintained by Reading Borough Council, show improved top grades for the third consecutive year with 53 per cent of results at levels A*- B, compared with 50 per cent last year and 40 per cent in 2013.

The numbers achieving A*-C grades remained at 73 per cent and the proportion of A*-E passes increased by one per cent to 99 per cent.

Reading’s other secondary schools - Kendrick School, Reading School, Highdown School, Prospect School and the John Madejski Academy – are academy schools and run independently of the council.

Councillor Tony Jones, Reading’s lead councillor for education, said: “Although it appears that the numbers of students getting top grades across the country has slipped, these figures still represent a consistent performance in Reading schools.

“But of more importance, behind the figures will be so many personal stories of commitment and hard work by young people supported by their families and the great professionalism of our teachers, and I congratulate them all. 


“I would also say to those who may not have got the results they were hoping for this morning, to stay calm, take the advice available to you and you may discover that more opportunities are available to you than you have first thought."